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NHRC asks Odisha not to deploy students for cleaning class rooms

Bhubaneswar, Oct 7: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Odisha Government to make adequate arrangement for cleaning the class room of the schools and asked not to deploy students for cleaning the class room.

The rights panel also issued show-cause notice to the Chief Secretary seeking reply within six weeks, as to why an amount of Rs 10,000 only be not recommended to be paid to the victim Kareena Begum, a Class-VII student of Government Upper Primary School, Sonepur who was locked inside her class room while she was cleaning the class room after the school was closed for the day.

Acting on a petition filed by rights campaigner Subash Mohapatra, the apex human rights watchdog earlier had taken cognizance into a matter from Sonepur district administration and found as “a clear case of violation of human rights”.

“During enquiry it was found that the incident had occurred due to lack of supervision of the Head Mistress of the school who was solely responsible to supervise and ensure safety and security of students. Thus, it is clear case of violation of Human Rights of the Victim Kareena Begum”, the rights panel observed.

Earlier, the rights panel observed and ordered; "Additional Secretary, Government of Odisha, Department of Education and Mass Education, Government of Odisha be also asked to inform the Commission as to what punishment has been awarded to the errant headmistress after departmental enquiry.”

Sangeeta Rath errant in-charge Headmistress was placed under suspension on November 26, 2014 and departmental enquiry was initiated.

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